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Posted in: Suga arrives in Washington for talks with Biden; China topping agenda See in context

Let's hope Biden takes pity on him/Japan and arranges some vaccines.

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Posted in: Cloudy countdown See in context

They seems to be going into overdrive to sell the Olympics this week regardless of situation with Covid. Medical experts, like those in Osaka pointing to the fourth wave, are being ignored by the govt with empty promises of vaccinations and a safe Olympics. It is a great pic though.

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

Ship of fools. Sadly they have clearly chosen money, national pride and a stubborn stupidity over the safety and wishes of people in Japan. Idiots.

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Posted in: Pacific teams get licenses to join Super Rugby next year See in context

Can't say for certain but my guess is it will be a lot stronger (and literally bigger and faster) than the Sunwolves. Just need the money to keep hold of the best players. Would be a lot of Pasifika players who would like to be based at home so they can be near family and play in front of their home crowd. Should be awesome. When SR does play there the audience are fantastic. About time.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

Osaka does more tests. Go figure.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

They should put politicians last on the list to get the jab.

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

Japan's rollout is unbelievably slow - Shameful Display!

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

There is a serious misleading mistake in this article in the second paragraph. The Japanese government should be more honest.

The government is planning to secure enough shots of the vaccine

It should read...

*The government is hoping to secure enough shots of the vaccine*


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Posted in: Chinese vaccines 'don’t have very high protection rates,' says official See in context

The efficacy rate from trials was 91.25% in Turkey while only 50.65% in Brazil, so probably much lower due to the new variant. Keep in mind that rate may also be lower for other vaccines with the new variants, especially the South African strain. Still, it was found to be 100% effective in preventing the hospitalization and death even in Brazil. I think that is the most important figure that's getting overshadowed.

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Posted in: Why is North Korea skipping the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I suspect NK will use the Olympics as an opportunity to get attention/concessions by firing off missiles leading up to the games. Citing health concerns somehow doesn't quite fit.

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Posted in: China cautions Japan ahead of U.S.-Japan summit See in context

China making yet another thinly veiled implicit threat. Japan, together with other countries, should collectively respond with their own threats of tariffs like China has put on Australian wine. China, the bully, needs to be taught a lesson and quickly.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 399 coronavirus cases; record-high 719 in Osaka See in context

Osaka has been increasing the number of daily PCR tests. Around double a month ago! How do they get away with it?

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Posted in: Japan to extend ban on all trade with N Korea by 2 years See in context

Oh No! NK pulled out of the Olympics? Really?? I bet there was a big sigh of relief from Japan. As for the trade ban, well, it's not as if there is any.

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Posted in: Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader See in context

Sounds to me like Putin wants to make anyone who dares to put their hat in the ring know they could be facing him, which could be deadly for them. Russian politics is a bit like Russian roulette -unless you're Putin. He's got the odds stacked heavily in his favor and a medical cabinet full of nasties.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 446 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs record high 666 See in context

You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper.

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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

That's very good news. Let's hope this is not false hope with deliveries delayed for whatever reason and they actually can and do get them into the arms of the elderly and vulnerable ASAP. May 10 - May 24, 18 million shots - Japanese should keep the politicians (LDP) to their word.

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Posted in: Osaka leg of Olympic torch relay should be canceled, governor says See in context

I expect the Osaka governor will be charged with heresy and burnt at the torch.

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Posted in: New Zealand defends absence from joint statement on WHO coronavirus report See in context

Of course each country wants to carry out its own assessment. And I seriously doubt NZ is doing so because of its trade relationship with China. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if China rewards NZ is some way in order to sow the seeds of distrust among the Five Eyes.

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Posted in: BTS condemns anti-Asian racism; say they've experienced it See in context


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Posted in: Japan's retail sales fall for third straight month See in context

I bet spending on pants is down.

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Posted in: 23 health ministry employees party until midnight despite virus restrictions See in context

It's that time of the year. Probably intended to leave earlier, and then the beer started flowing. Now for the ritual of deep bows and mumbled apologies. Tonight we'll probably see the minister of health waffle on about how regrettable it is. But they don't really care - except for getting caught out.

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Posted in: Celebrate 40 years of guitar musicianship with Tak Matsumoto’s anniversary book collection See in context

Photo kinda looks a bit like Neil Young.

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Posted in: Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May See in context

Arranged to buy... expected to get... hopefully sometime soon - not exactly instilling confidence is he.

In other words, Japan is reliant on the EU (hence the mask). The way things are going over there together with their production problems I wouldn't be hopeful that they will actually ship 10 million a month. In fact, I doubt if Japan will get a fraction of that and I think he fully knows that. Is he setting up the EU as the fall guy? And Japan is the victim? Another useless politician making vague promises he can't keep. Better pull your finger and get making it locally PRONTO before Japan becomes a laughing stock. Currently, Japan's vaccination rate is above Kazakhstan and below Myanmar - yes, below Myanmar, which is down near the bottom of the table.

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Posted in: Japan gov't long-term debt to top ¥1,000 trillion See in context

Works out to be around 8 million yen per person. No real problem while interest rates remain at zero. Picture will look very different if interest rates go up. No way the govt would stay afloat. Some inflation would help reduce the it in real terms but they haven't much luck there. No doubt J-workers will be asked again to defer retirement and keep working.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 430 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,073 See in context

Bit concerning people in their 20s the highest number. Around 70% of people in their 20s are asymptomatic, and possibly passing it on unaware. Given the low testing rate and reluctance of people with mild symptoms to pay for a test, the real number is probably considerably higher especially in that age group.

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Posted in: North Korea snaps back at Biden over criticism of launches See in context

NK food situation is dire. Recently some soldiers guarding the NK/China border, who are normally better off than most through taking bribes from smuggling, crossed into China as a result of food shortages/starvation rations. The Kim regime, after promising to improve the standard of living, might be launching missiles to drum up local loyalty for the regime as well as to try to get food aid from the new US administration. This strategy did work for them in the past. Long time before the next harvest comes so expect a lot more launches.

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Posted in: Mori makes another offensive remark toward women See in context

I love reading about this guy Mori. He makes me laugh. What comes out of his mouth is absurdly offensive - a bit like Trump. He'll be gone soon too I guess.

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Posted in: Suga to invite Biden to Tokyo Olympics See in context

Suga is no doubt desperate to try and draw as much attention away from all his problems (this festering quagmire of corruption buffoonery - perfectly put stickman1760) in any way he can. Of course Biden will decline. No chance of him coming. He should focus more on leaders who aren't concerned about minor things like corruption. Perhaps he could get his son to invite Xi and Putin by promising lots of lavish dinners at steakhouses, visits to Ginza hostess bars, functions hosted by NTT and lucrative contracts from Dentsu to name a few (the rest we may or may not hear about).

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Posted in: 10 killed in Colorado supermarket shooting See in context

when will they learn? guns DO NOT make people safer!

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Posted in: Markets may see BOJ policy tweaks as signaling change down the road See in context

If there had been substantive measures taken earlier such as significant increases in minimum wages then monetary policy could have been much more effective in raising growth and inflation. But I think those in charge, the haves, were quite content with the way things were going. Now, however, Japan is likely to face imported inflation and negative growth, and monetary tweaking will have ditto effect. Not good at all for those at the bottom.

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